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					U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program Vegetation Specialist (contract Botanist or Ecologist, GS-7 or 9)

About Forest Inventory & Analysis These positions are in support of the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS), Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program (http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/fia/). FIA collects, analyzes, reports, and distributes information and data about the extent, content, and condition of the Nation’s forests. The NRS-FIA unit is responsible for the comprehensive forest inventory for 24 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. National, state, and local policymakers, universities, businesses, Tribal governments, National Forest managers, other natural resource agencies, and interest groups depend on FIA for timely, scientifically credible information about our forests.

Overview of Vegetation Specialist Duties The Vegetation Specialists will be primarily responsible for the collection of FIA Vegetation Diversity and Structure Indicator data (http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/fia/topics/veg/); including species identification and cover estimates for all trees, shrubs, herbs, graminoids, ferns, and fern allies occurring on FIA field plots. The Vegetation Specialist will work as a member of a multi-person FIA field crew and will assist with other field measurements as time allows. Field crew members work under the direction of a crew leader and collect a broad range of inventory data, including: tree/sapling/seedling data (species, diameter, height, crown assessment, damage assessment, etc.); down woody material data (coarse woody material, fine woody material, fuel loading, etc.); and vegetation diversity and structure data. These positions are seasonal; the 2009 Vegetation Indicator measurement season begins Monday, June 1, and runs through no later than Friday, September 11.

Qualifications Required Basic Requirements Botanist GS-7: bachelor's degree in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany PLUS 1 year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement. GS-9: bachelor's degree in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany PLUS 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree. Ecologist GS-7: bachelor's degree in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences (these hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences) PLUS 1 year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement. GS-9: bachelor's degree in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences (these hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences) PLUS 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree. -- OR -Botanist or Ecologist GS-7: one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5. Botanist or Ecologist GS-9: one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7. -- OR -Page 1 of 5

U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program Vegetation Specialist (contract Botanist or Ecologist, GS-7 or 9)

Botanist GS-7 or 9: a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. Ecologist GS-7 or 9: a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences (these hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences) PLUS appropriate experience or additional education. Specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities In addition to Botanist/Ecologist qualifications, applications will be evaluated for specific knowledge, skills, and abilities, including: ability to accurately identify regional vascular plant species – including trees, shrubs, herbs, graminoids, ferns, and fern allies – using regional and local comprehensive identification keys; ability to perform field data collection using handheld electronic data recorders and field equipment (e.g. compass, quadrat frame, clinometer, logger's tape, plant press, microscope); ability to perform basic field data editing using handheld electronic data recorders and word processing, spreadsheet, and database computer programs; ability to collect, press, and organize field plant specimens suitable for herbarium identification and reference; ability to plan work and meet deadlines to ensure data are collected, processed, and submitted in a timely manner. When submitting a resume, qualifications and experience in these areas should be highlighted, and previous experience completing the FIA Vegetation Indicator or other vegetation inventories should be included. Work Assignments Vegetation Specialist contract employees will work alongside FIA employees conducting data collection on FIA field plots. Plot locations are scattered throughout a state or groups of states, and are not limited to National Forest Lands; the vast majority of the plots are located on private property. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion in the form of travel on foot over heavily vegetated, rough, uneven, and steep terrain in all weather conditions. Field crews travel frequently and work independently. The work requires several hours of vehicle travel, several days each week. During travel periods (approximately June through September), crews will change locations frequently, often on a weekly or daily basis. Lodging is generally in motel/hotels and is reimbursed through an expense report (see “Work Related Travel” below). Work Locations We anticipate filling one Vegetation Specialist contract employee position at each of the following duty station locations (i.e. 11 total contract Botanists/Ecologists): 1. Old Town, ME: working with Maine Forest Service employees throughout the state of Maine 2. Manistique, MI: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the state of Michigan 3. Columbia or Springfield, MO: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota 4. Salem, MO: working with US Forest Service employees throughout eastern Missouri and the state of Illinois 5. Allenstown, NH: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
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U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program Vegetation Specialist (contract Botanist or Ecologist, GS-7 or 9)

6. Cortland, NY: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the state of New York 7. Marietta, OH: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the state of Ohio 8. Clearfield, PA: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania 9. York, PA: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania 10. Dunbar, WV: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the state of West Virginia 11. Hayward or Rhinelander or Wisconsin Rapids, WI: working with US Forest Service employees throughout the state of Wisconsin Work Schedule The work schedule includes 40 hours base time per week, Monday thru Friday, from 7AM or 7:30 AM local time until the plot(s) are completed (usually no later than 8:00 PM). Overtime, not to exceed 10 hours per week, is authorized and will be approved weekly by the FIA field supervisor for each respective state. For the vast majority of the contract positions and work locations, there is no regularly scheduled weekend work; exceptions may occur when travel distances between assigned work locations and inventory plots is great, and weekend travel and/or work improves the logistics and efficiency of the inventory project. The Vegetation Indicator 2009 measurement season begins Monday, June 1, and runs through no later than Friday, September 11. During the first week, contract employees will attend a regional training and certification session in either the Wisconsin Dells, WI or in Matamoras, PA. Field work will begin immediately after contract employees pass certification and continue until all Vegetation Indicator plots are complete or until September 11, whichever comes first.

Wages Wages will reflect the current Federal hourly wages for GS-7 or GS-9 salary, supplemented with an additional $3.24 per hour for health and welfare in lieu of the Federal benefits package. Wages in the federal government are based on locality pay where areas deemed as having a higher cost of living have increased wages. 2009 Federal wages can be found at: http://opm.gov/oca/09tables/indexGS.asp (Note: the following hourly rates do not include the health and welfare supplement.) For all locations except York, Pennsylvania and Allenstown, New Hampshire (“REST OF UNITED STATES”) First 40 hours in a week: Overtime after first 40 hours in a week: GS-7 $18.26 per hour GS-7 $27.39 per hour GS-9 $22.34 per hour GS-9 $33.51 per hour

For York, Pennsylvania (“WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE-NORTHERN VIRGINIA, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA”) First 40 hours in a week: Overtime after first 40 hours in a week: GS-7 $19.75 per hour GS-7 $29.63 per hour GS-9 $24.15 per hour GS-9 $36.23 per hour

For Allenstown, New Hampshire (“BOSTON-WORCESTER-MANCHESTER, MA-NH-RI-ME”)
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U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program Vegetation Specialist (contract Botanist or Ecologist, GS-7 or 9)

First 40 hours in a week: Overtime after first 40 hours in a week: Work Related Travel

GS-7 $19.89 per hour GS-7 $29.84 per hour

GS-9 $24.33 per hour GS-9 $36.50 per hour

Work related travel is extensive and almost constant Monday through Friday. Contract employees will be reimbursed by the contractor for each day in travel status for the entire period of the work assignment, seven days a week. Reimbursement rates are determined by the federal travel reimbursement rates by state and county, and are published at: http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem. Reimbursement will cover contract employee’s costs including: lodging (including state, local and municipal taxes and safe fees), food allowances, use of personal vehicle when authorized, and miscellaneous and incidental expenses. Contract employees will only be reimbursed for travel costs when conducting official business Monday through Friday, and on weekends when incurring lodging expenses at their assigned work location. If a contract employee is on a leave of absence, vacation, or chooses to return to his or her residence on weekends, travel reimbursement will not be paid during these periods. The vast majority of transportation to and from the daily plot assignment or work location will be provided by the government, including periods when crews are in overnight travel status. Contract employees will travel with FIA crews in government owned vehicles (GOVs). Contract employees will not be authorized to operate the GOVs due to insurance and liability issues. On occasion, it may be necessary for contract employees to use their personal vehicles to help with logistics involved in a statewide forest inventory, including travel to work with different FIA crews in a state or region. Any miles driven in a privately owned vehicle (POV) for official government business will be reimbursed at the GSA mileage reimbursement rate (subject to change; $0.55 per mile as of January 29, 2009). Transportation to and from the duty station office when work is completed locally will be the contract employee’s responsibility and will not be reimbursed. Miles driven on weekends outside of official government business (personal use) are not reimbursable.

Government Provided Property The government will provide electronic field data recorders, paper data sheets, etc., as necessary to collect data; field guides and reference materials necessary to complete the vegetation inventory; and all necessary field equipment except personal clothing and gear necessary to work in a field environment under various weather and topographic conditions. Training and Certification Requirements Contract employees will be required to attend a training session (June 1-5) on the protocols, methods, and plant identification for the Vegetation Diversity and Structure Indicator Inventory. In addition, each contract employee will be required to pass certification prior to completing field plots. Failure to obtain certification could be grounds for removing an individual from contract work. Travel
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U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program Vegetation Specialist (contract Botanist or Ecologist, GS-7 or 9)

costs to attend these sessions will be reimbursed in the same manner as any official travel that occurs throughout the field season. The training location for Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin duty stations will be Wisconsin Dells, WI. The training location for Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia duty stations will be Matamoras, PA. To Apply Application materials -- including a current resume addressing the items outlined in the preceding "Qualifications Required" section of this announcement, names and contact phone information for previous employers and references, a copy (unofficial is fine) of your most recent college transcripts, and the duty station(s) for which you wish to be considered -- should be submitted to: Katherine Johnson U.S. Forest Service, FIA 11 Campus Blvd., Ste. 200 Newtown Square, PA 19073 Phone: 610-557-4188 Fax: 610-557-4250 E-mail: katherinejohnson@fs.fed.us

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